"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"--A Review
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This paper describes how Mark Twain's short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," made him an overnight sensation in the American literary scene. The reviewer gives a brief plot summary of the story, yet focuses on why this particular work gave Twain such widespread recognition. Also included are critic's remarks about whether Twain actually intended this short story to be humorous. The reviewer concludes that it is quite obvious why "Calaveras" made readers take interest in Twain. Besides its humor and interest, it is an insightful tale about the people who lived in the West during that time period.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Baender, Paul. The "Jumping Frog" as a Comedian's First Virtue. Modern Philology (1963) 60.3: 192-200
- Bruggers, James. Biologist hopes to save celebrated frog. Contra Costa Times. 1993.
- Cuff, Roger Penn. Mark Twain's Use of California Folklore in His Jumping Frog Story. The Journal of American Folklore (1952). 65.256: 155-158.
- Twain, Mark. The Celebrated Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches. Oxford: Oxford Press, 1997.
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